EUGENE, Ore. - Stacy Dragila and Maria Mutola captivated the crowd of 3,097 Sunday at The Road to Eugene '08 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Crowd favorite Maria Mutola, a 14-time Prefontaine champion, ran a world-leading 1 minute 58.70 seconds to win the women's 800 meters. Two-time U.S. Indoor champion Nicole Teter ran her way to a second-place finish in 1:59.91 and 2006 U.S. Indoor champion Alice Schmidt finished third in 2:00.36. Teter and Schmidt now have the first and second fastest times by Americans so far this year.
2007 U.S. Indoor champion Lolo Jones won the women's 100m hurdles in 12.88, followed closely by 2004 Olympic Trials 400m hurdles champion Sheena Johnson, who finished in 12.90. Jenny Adams was third in 12.93.
2007 U.S. Indoor runner-up Carmelita Jeter won the women's 100m in 11.29, followed by 2005 World 4x100m gold medalist Muna Lee, who was the runner-up in 11.37. Michelle Lewis was third in 11.42.
Other winning performances were turned in by Tonette Dyer, who won the women's 400m in 51.91. Jovanee Jarrett won the women's long jump with a leap of 6.53m/21-5.25 and 2007 U.S. Indoor champion Amber Campbell won the women's hammer throw with her heave of 67.81m/222-5.
The Road to Eugene '08 is a cooperative effort between the Local Organizing Committee for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, USA Track & Field, and the USATF Athletes Advisory Committee. The meet is a benefit for the Professional Athletics Association (PAA), a newly formed union of professional track and field athletes.
Lolo Jones - women's 100m hurdles winner
"I recovered well (after hitting a hurdle). I was just trying not to fall. Sheena pushed me in the race (to go faster). It was a good race."
Carmelita Jeter - women' 100m winner
"My start was a little shaky. I thought we were going to get called back but we didn't. But once I got into my race I was good. I was focused on me. My goal right now is to make the World Championships team. This is my first year breaking out and really running well."
Nicole Teter - women's 800m runner-up
It was exciting. I knew she (Maria Mutola) set a good pace. I relaxed through the first quarter and tried to open up on the back stretch. I'm very happy with my race."
Stacy Dragila - women's pole vault winner
"I've been banged up pretty bad and didn't get a jump session in this week. I felt good coming out today though. All in all, I'm super happy. Right now I just need to feel confident on the runway. The biggest thing right now is staying healthy. The more times I can get on this track before the Trials, the better. And the crowd in Eugene is always awesome, so that helps."www.goducks.com
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